Monroe Memo 9/12/2021

Mrs. Reingruber's Weekly Update

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Upcoming Events


Monday, September 13th

  • Fall Picture Day
  • Severe Weather Drill
  • Board of Education Meeting 7pm

Tuesday, September 14th

  • Lockdown Drill

Wednesday, September 15th

  • Bus Evacuation Drill

Thursday, September 16th

  • Fire Drill

Week of 9/20

  • 1st - 5th grade MAP testing

See the following calendars for more important dates and information

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Upcoming Holidays and Cultural Celebrations

At Monroe School, our students and families celebrate a variety holidays - here's what's coming up!

  • Wednesday, September 15 - Thursday, September 16 - Yom Kippur

Reporting an absence

If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please complete the appropriate absence form, which can also be found on the Monroe School website.

Reporting your student absent for a COVID-related reason

Reporting your student absent for a NON-COVID-related reason

D181 COVID-19 Reporting

The D181 Positive Case Report Spreadsheet is posted on the D181 website and updated daily on student attendance days at 4 p.m.

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Non-Edible Birthday Treats

Per the D181 Food Allergy Management Plan (FAMP), students shall not bring food to give as gifts or share with other students. If you are celebrating a birthday and would like to bring something to share with the class, please ensure that it is a non-edible treat. Thank you.

Assessments in D181

NWEA's MAP assessment is administered multiple times per year at Monroe to students in grades 1-5. The collection of purpose-built measures from NWEA illuminates every student’s learning needs, helping teachers to target instruction and administrators to make well-informed system-wide decisions.

The assessments in the MAP Suite give you a thorough picture of student learning: how much they’ve grown, what they’re ready to learn, and the specific skill gaps they need to master.

The MAP Suite measures exactly what’s needed to give you valuable data with maximum efficiency: no more and no less testing than required.

To learn more about MAP, please visit the family toolkit section of their website:

MAP Schedule

  • 3-5 Math - Monday 9/20
  • 3-5 ELA - Tuesday 9/21
  • 1-2 Math - Thursday 9/23
  • 1-2 ELA - Friday 9/24

Makeup and accommodated assessments will be held throughout the week and into the following week.

If students are absent due to quarantine/isolation, you will be contacted regarding a procedure for making up the assessment.

Use of MAP Results

Our District uses the data from this assessment in a variety of ways. In the classroom, it provides teachers with a means for monitoring student growth in reading and mathematics over time. At the District and building levels, MAP data help us set goals and evaluate initiatives.

Preparing for MAP

A student who is well-rested, well-fed, and has a positive attitude about assessment is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:

  • Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

  • Remind your child that this assessment is only one measure. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

  • Remind your child to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing.

Communication of Student Scores

Your child’s score report will be sent home after administration is complete and all reports are printed. We appreciate your ongoing support.

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Safety Week at Monroe

During the week of September 13, the staff and students at Monroe School will be participating in various school safety drills. Our staff will be providing safety guidelines for situations that could require us to either evacuate the building OR seek shelter inside of the building. Students will view safety procedure videos and conduct walk-throughs related to bus evacuation, fire, severe weather, and lockdown situations. Our First Responders will also be participating throughout the week, as they serve as valuable partners who help us continually monitor and promote safety at Monroe School.

We also understand these situations can be stressful for children. All staff will monitor our Mustangs for any signs of stress or anxiety. Our dedicated staff members are always available to work with students who may be stressed or anxious. The link below provides some helpful tips for discussing the issue of school safety with your child.

As parents/guardians, you are provided with the opportunity to exempt your child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill. Exempted students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill will be provided with alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event to provide them with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods. If you wish to exempt your child from the walk-through lockdown drill, please notify Kristin Reingruber by email at no later than September 13.

REF: Public Act 102-0395